AMD or Intel build

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully by the end of this weekend

Budget Range: 600-800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet,light gaming, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin:US

Parts Preferences: AMD or Intel

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 for now, will change later on with the purchase of a new monitor

Additional Comments: This is for my father, It should last a long time. I started building an I5 760 system, and though I should look into an amd build. Im still open to either. I was having a hard time with mobo for either system. Ill post both


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

Mobo- Kinda just threw that one on there just to have one.
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard


Intel Core i5-760 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80605I5760

Mobo- Its so-so
GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Everything else

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Gpu- Haven't decided what to get, I don't need anything too crazy

Case- Don't have one selected, I have a Lexa S but I was thinking about tring out a differant one for this build

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

I'm open for all options, and thanks in advance
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  1. Gkay-MB is sold out arleady, Most of the 100 dollar AMD boards have some pretty bad reviews.
    I will get back to anyone else that post in the morning, time for me to crash
  2. For internet and light gaming, you do not need a quad. The cheapest Intel clarkdale 32nm duo G6950 will suffice. Use the integrated graphics, a H55 itx motherboard, and put it into a small itx case. I have this as my backup pc, and I can play civilization 2.42 on it with no problems.

    For real performance spend about $100 on a SSD for the OS and apps. If more storage is needed, add a hard drive.

    The G6950 will oc like crazy to whatever you need, but even at stock it is fine.
    A itx motherboard will have a discrete pci-e slot in case you should need more graphics power.
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    If gaming on this PC is limited to "light" and a 1024 monitor, then an i3 540 and integrated graphics will likely be just fine. In a decent case, there's no need for anything beyond the stock cooler, even for a mild OC. (OTOH, a Hyper 212 is almost free lol.)

    Gaming on the i3 540:,2791-3.html

    If you are unhappy with graphics performance, or if/when gaming gets "heavier" or goes into higher resolutions (eg new monitor), you can add a vid card appropriate for that resolution. There is no need to guess or spend money at this time. Your dad will appreciate your thoughtful, step-by-step approach :)


    i3 540 + Gigabyte mATX mobo $202

    G.Skill 2x2GB 1333 cl9 $50

    Seasonic 520W psu (Will support any graphics card added later) $60

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $55 (or 1TB for $70)

    Cases are a matter of storage size, air flow, and personal taste. Your rig presents no real air flow difficulties, so here are two good cases to consider:

    HAF912 ($60) or NZXT Vulcan ($70)
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